Tommy’s Manchester research centre
The team’s ground-breaking research is translated into practice at 5 specialist research clinics.
Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research
Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research is the largest of its kind in Europe. A collaboration between 3 top research universities, the centre opened in April 2016. Here, our researchers focus on gaining a deeper understanding of why miscarriage happens and how it can be prevented.
At the centre’s specialist research clinics, 24,000 women a year access treatment, support, and have the opportunity to participate in pioneering research trials.
Tommy’s London research centre
Opened in 1995, Tommy’s centre at St Thomas’ Hospital was the first maternal and fetal research unit in the UK.
Tommy's Edinburgh research centre
Tommy’s research centre at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and University of Edinburgh opened in 2008. Research here concentrates on the impact of maternal obesity as well as other pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes.
Our researchers also carry out research into premature birth, and in October 2016 the team opened a Preterm Birth Clinic – the first of its kind in Scotland.
Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement
Supported by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives, the Tommy’s National Centre for Maternity Improvement is working to close the gap between best clinical science and best care.
The centre, which opened in September 2019, is working to create a digital tool which will support UK targets to reduce stillbirth and preterm birth, working with the NHS to reduce variations in maternity care and personalise care for women.
Premature birth is the biggest killer of newborn babies in the UK and much of Tommy's research is devoted to predicting and preventing this. One discovery has made a huge difference to our ability to treat women in time.
In more than half of stillbirths parents are not given a reason for their babies' death. Doctors simply do not know why it happens. This animation looks at how Tommy's researchers are finding out the causes of stillbirth and how this leads to treatments and saved lives.
Too many miscarriages are unexplained. Our research is entirely dedicated to finding out why miscarriages happen and how to prevent it in the future.
1 in every 250 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth in the UK. That's 8 babies every day.
A preterm birth is one that happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Globally, more than 1 in 10 pregnancies will end in preterm birth.
Statistics about early miscarriage, late miscarriage, recurrent miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.
Statistics about pregnancy loss and complications in the UK.